Maharashtra spends ₹22,624.29 crores on nine on-going Metro projects in Mumbai

Rs 15,910 crores, or 70% of the total expenditure incurred on the 33.5 km Metro 3 corridor
Anushka Khare Posted on: 2021-03-23 08:47:00 Viewer: 2,886 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Mumbai

Maharashtra spends ₹22,624.29 crores on nine on-going Metro projects in Mumbai

Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): Maharashtra government has spent 22,624.29 crores on nine under-construction Metro Rail projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) till October 2020, according to the economic survey of Maharashtra tabled during the legislative session on Friday. Out of this, 15,910 has been incurred on the 33.5-km Mumbai Metro Line 3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz), HT reported.

According to the report, the state government has incurred a cost of 2,470 crores on Mumbai Metro Line 2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and 1,996.17 crores on Mumbai Metro Line 7 (Dahisar E-Andheri E), which are expected to be operational this year. The government has also spent 475 crores on Mumbai Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli). The state plans to build an integrated metro car shed for Metro-3, Metro-6, and Metro-4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavali). However, the Bombay High Court order has proved to be a major roadblock in the plan. The government also constituted a committee that stated that land at Aarey will prove to be insufficient in the coming years.

While the Metro-3 project has been facing controversy since its inception, it is currently facing uncertainty after the Bombay High Court, in an interim order, stayed the transfer of land at Kanjurmarg to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced that the government has decided to shift the car shed from Aarey to Kanjurmarg. Due to this, the cost of the project has also been revised from 23,000 crore to 32,000 crore.

“We have approached the HC again to lift the stay. Kanjurmarg will prove to be the best option given land scarcity in the city,” said a senior official from MMRDA, HT reported.

“The project is going on well. The only roadblock is the car-shed which is a political issue. The Centre and the state government must have a dialogue to resolve this issue. The more the project is delayed, the cost will increase, adding to the burden of Mumbaiites,” said AV Shenoy, member of Mumbai Mobility Forum to HT, adding the Centre and the state governments must solve the issue for the benefit of Mumbaikars.

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